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License Plate Sticker Colours, Part 3: 1999-present

These tables summarize the colours of validation stickers used on passenger-car, light truck, and motorcycle license plates in all North American jurisdications during the last twenty years.

Several interesting trends have come about in this time. One is the increasing use of point-of-sale terminals to generate license plate renewals and print validation stickers on demand. These systems often utilize laser printers, and allow for the license plate number to be printed on the sticker itself. Unfortunately, these trends have been regressive in terms of aesthetics and utility. Thirteen of the states that use such a system don't even bother changing the sticker stock colour from year to year, making it impossible to tell at a glance whether a tag has expired or not. Many more no longer use colour schemes that involve print colours other than black.

Another emerging trend has been the elimination of plate stickers themselves: Due to the growing ubiquity of computers in law-enforcement work, police officers can access details about registration records without needing to rely on stickers to establish validity. Validation stickers have been eliminated altogether by Quebec, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, and Manitoba in Canada as well as New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania in the U.S., while New York, Texas, and the D.C. reserve plate stickers for motorcycles and trailers only.

Canada
< British Columbia 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Alberta 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Saskatchewan 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 Stickers discontinued after 2013.
Manitoba 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Ontario Jan-Mar 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Apr-Jun 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
< Jul-Sep 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Oct-Dec 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Quebec Validation stickers discontinued after 1992.
New Brunswick 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Nova Scotia 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Prince Edward Island 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
< Newfoundland & Labradora 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Yukona 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Northwest Territories 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12b 13 14 15 Stickers discontinued.
Nunavutc 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17d 18 19

a The province of Newfoundland officially changed its name to "Newfoundland & Labrador" in 2001, and the Yukon Territory officially changed its name to simply "Yukon" in 2002. In both cases, this happened decades after the revised names first appeared on license plates.

b Later examples of Northwest Territories '12 stickers were white on green:

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c The area comprising Nunavut existed as part of the Northwest Territories until 1999.

d Some examples of these stickers were black on white.


United States
< Alabama 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18a 19a 20
Alaska 99 00b 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12a 13a 14a 15 16a 17 18 19 20
Arizona Emission 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07b 08c 09b 10b 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Non-emission 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
Arkansas 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
California 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
< Colorado Emission 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Non-emission 99 00 01 02 03
Connecticut 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09d 10d 11d 12d Stickers discontinued.
Delaware Colours vary. e f 11f 12f 13f 14f 15f 16f 17f 18 19 20
District of Columbia 99 00 01 02 03g 04g 05d 06d 07d 08d 09d 10d 11d 12d 13d 14d 15d 17d 19d
Florida 99 00 01h 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
< Georgia 99 00a 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09i 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Hawaii 99 00 01 02 03 04a 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Idaho 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08b 09a 10a 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Illinois 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Indiana 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Iowa 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
< Kansas 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Kentucky 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15b 16b 17 18 19 20
LouisianaCars 99 00 01 02 03b 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Trucks/MCs 04
Maine 99 00j 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Maryland 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09ba 10b 11b 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
< Massachusetts 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Michigan 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Minnesota 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Mississippi 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Missouri 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
MontanaCars 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
< Motorcycles 99 00 01 PERM Validation stickers discontinued after 2003.
Nebraska 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Nevada 99 00 01 02 03 04a 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
New Hampshire 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
New Jersey 99d 00g 01 02 03 04 05 06d 07d 08d 09d 10d 11d Stickers discontinued after 2011.
New Mexico 99 00 01b 02b 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
< New York (motorcycles) 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
North Carolina 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16b 17 18 19 20
North Dakota 99 00 01 02 03 04 05a 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Ohio 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Oklahoma Regular 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Special 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Oregon 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
< Pennsylvania 99 00 01g 02g 03g 04g 05g 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18k 19k 20k 21k
Rhode Island 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
South Carolina 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
South Dakota Regular 99 00a 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Special 99 00a
Tennessee 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
< Texas (motorcycles) 99 00 01 02 03 04 05b 06b 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Utah 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Vermont 99 00 01 02 03 04b 05b 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Virginia 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Washington 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
West Virginia 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
< Wisconsin 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Wyoming 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

a Some examples of these stickers had black characters on a colour background.

b Some examples of these stickers were black on white.

c Some examples of these stickers were white on black.

d Issued to motorcycles only. Passenger cars issued windshield stickers instead (except for 2006-11 New Jersey, where no visible validation was used).

e Beginning in December 2005, newly-issued Delaware validation stickers have been black on white regardless of month and year. Expirations from December '06 to (presumably) November '10 existed in both old and new colour schemes.

f Stickers used on Delaware's optional "Centennial Plate" base (introduced October 2008) have been black on gold.

g Or windshield/window sticker.

h Some examples of these stickers were black on yellow.

i Later examples of these stickers had black print and white fields on a colour background.

j Early examples of Maine '00 stickers issued to motorcycles and trailers were white on green:

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k Pennsylvania discontinued license plate stickers in 2017. Stickers expiring in 2018 or later were issued primarily to trailers with long-term expirations.

With thanks to: Keith Dickson, Terence Dyson-Curran, Jeff Ellis, Mike Franks, Jimmy Harper, Josh King, Wayne MacKinnon, Eric Maki, John Northup, Mark O'Neil, Eric Tanner, Matthew Thoreson, and Kevin Tucker.

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